2017 Year in Review

We hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful holiday season. As we move into 2018, we wanted to take the opportunity to share a recap of 2017 – it was another busy year!

The Community Cat Team was kept hopping as they trapped, neutered and returned (TNR) 36 cats in 2017 – nearly double from 2016. They continued to manage 31 RCR colonies while also supporting 49 independently managed colonies. Volunteers also conducted outreach to Moose Jaw's cat rescue, SCRAPS, by providing a trapping demonstration and Q&A session about TNR. One of the challenges faced by the Community Cat Team was the difficult task of trapping sick or injured community cats to get them vet care.

In 2017, The Pet Rescue Team was tasked with limiting intake to 400 cats in an effort to prevent volunteer burnout and ensure financial stability – and they came very close finishing the year with 403 rescues. This measure was necessary after the record-breaking 473 rescues in 2016 that put extreme resource pressures on the organization. Adoptions for 2017 hit 433 – the highest in our history. And a record number of foster homes were active throughout the year with an average of 83 homes.

Besides the daily operations of the Community Cat, Pet Rescue, Fundraising and Communications teams, RCR also worked on new initiatives, policies and partnerships. Some of the highlights include:

  • RCR began work on the Community Cat Coalition with the Regina Humane Society, the City of Regina and local veterinarians. Expect to hear more about the coalition and its work later this year.
     
  • An adoption fee increase was implemented - the first since 2013. The increase was necessary to help offset just some of the costs associated with rescuing cats and kittens such as sterilization surgeries, vaccinations, anti-parasitic treatments and other veterinary care.
     
  • We formalized our partnership with the Excalipurr Cat Café which opened in December and has already facilitated over 20 adoptions.
     
  • RCR introduced a policy opposing declawing. As an animal rescue organization that sees firsthand the negative short- and long-term effects of declawing, RCR is proud to add its voice to the choir of those in opposition of the unnecessary amputation.
     
  • The Fundraising Team developed important partnerships with local businesses most notably with Metro Pet Market to present the 2017 Winter Raffle and with Yoga Mala to host the city’s first cat yoga event.

We want to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported RCR throughout 2017 whether that be by adopting, sponsoring, donating, educating or volunteering. We hope we can continue to count on your support in 2018!

When Love Isn't Enough

Tiny Rocky was found in a plastic bag in an alley during the first severe cold snap of the winter. He was a little fighter, but couldn't overcome the neurological damage he suffered.

Tiny Rocky was found in a plastic bag in an alley during the first severe cold snap of the winter. He was a little fighter, but couldn't overcome the neurological damage he suffered.

Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers who care for our rescued cats and kittens - from the tame kitties placed into foster care to the community cats who are happiest living on the streets with the support of our Community Cat Team. 

We do the best we can for each and every rescue, but sometimes no amount of love or veterinary care is enough to save fragile lives. 

We experienced our share of heartbreak in 2017, including the loss of several kittens to one of the nastiest cat viruses out there, panleukopenia. We also had to let go of a precious young kitten named Rocky due to neurological damage from unknown causes and one kitten who simply failed to thrive.

Whether it was a vulnerable young kitten who succumbed to a killer virus or an elderly feral cat who became overwhelmed with health problems, each and every cat knew love from dedicated caregivers and the benefit of the best veterinary care that we could provide. We are grateful to generous donors and an extraordinary fundraising team for enabling us to provide that veterinary care.

Kayley was a pretty young kitten who simply failed to thrive and passed away in foster care.

Kayley was a pretty young kitten who simply failed to thrive and passed away in foster care.

Tiny Hulk couldn't overcome the severe symptoms that affected him and his siblings shortly after rescue. We had to say goodbye to Hulk, but are grateful his siblings survived.

Tiny Hulk couldn't overcome the severe symptoms that affected him and his siblings shortly after rescue. We had to say goodbye to Hulk, but are grateful his siblings survived.

Lanni was a spunky kitten that loved life to the fullest before succumbing to panleukopenia.

Lanni was a spunky kitten that loved life to the fullest before succumbing to panleukopenia.

Tiny Eloise was found scared and frozen in early November when the really cold winter weather set in. We had high hopes for a bright future for Eloise, but instead we were forced to witness her give in to panleukopenia after a valiant effort to survive the disease.

Tiny Eloise was found scared and frozen in early November when the really cold winter weather set in. We had high hopes for a bright future for Eloise, but instead we were forced to witness her give in to panleukopenia after a valiant effort to survive the disease.

This beautiful baby, Torie, fought as hard as she could and we thought she would beat the horrible panleukopenia virus, but sadly it overcame her after four days of fighting.

This beautiful baby, Torie, fought as hard as she could and we thought she would beat the horrible panleukopenia virus, but sadly it overcame her after four days of fighting.

Little Harry and his mom and sister survived the challenging conditions of living stray at an industrial complex with only some wood pallets for protection as winter set in. Sadly, he passed away due to suspected panleukopenia shortly after rescue. 

Little Harry and his mom and sister survived the challenging conditions of living stray at an industrial complex with only some wood pallets for protection as winter set in. Sadly, he passed away due to suspected panleukopenia shortly after rescue. 

We are also grateful to the caregivers who accept these cats into their hearts and homes, and to the Community Cat Team that spend countless hours with our colony cats. It isn't always easy, but it is always appreciated by the cats and RCR.

Long-time community cat Juliette suffered a lot in her short life, from a leg injury that required amputation, to dental disease to a tumour which ultimately forced us to say goodbye.

Long-time community cat Juliette suffered a lot in her short life, from a leg injury that required amputation, to dental disease to a tumour which ultimately forced us to say goodbye.

Yoda was TNR'ed in 2014 and died at his colony in February 2017 where he was safe, warm, fed and loved.

Yoda was TNR'ed in 2014 and died at his colony in February 2017 where he was safe, warm, fed and loved.

Harley was TNR'ed in 2013 and passed away en route to the vet in May 2017 after volunteers noticed his behaviour was off.

Harley was TNR'ed in 2013 and passed away en route to the vet in May 2017 after volunteers noticed his behaviour was off.

Audrey also passed away in 2017.

Audrey also passed away in 2017.

Libby was TNR'ed in 2014 and sadly passed away in 2017.

Libby was TNR'ed in 2014 and sadly passed away in 2017.

RIP to the sweet felines who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2017. We're proud to say they left the world knowing love.

-Alanna, Regina Cat Rescue

Happily Ever After For Two Abandoned Strays

Leo and Maddie stuck together while they were living on the streets

Early in spring 2017, a long-time Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) supporter contacted us to report two beautiful cats that had been hanging around stray at her North Regina apartment complex for at least a year. The cats were skittish, but various residents were providing food, water and outdoor shelter. The caregivers noted that the pair were inseparable and always spotted together. With their basic needs being met and the busy spring rescue season upon us, these cats were put on the rescue wait list.

As RCR resources quickly became stretched with high intake volumes over the summer, the two cats kept dropping down the rescue wait list as urgent cases like injured cats and nursing moms and kittens displaced them. Thankfully, the kind people feeding them continued to make sure they were safe. As summer passed and temperatures began dropping, everyone was hoping that these two cats wouldn't have to spend another winter outdoors. 

In November, volunteers from RCR's community cat team were dispatched to humanely trap the cats, and quickly achieved success. Leo, the male, was taken to be neutered within an hour of setting the first trap. The female, Maddie, was trapped the following day. 

These sweet kitties were happy to be reunited and immediately bonded again.

Upon rescue, Leo was a very timid intact male with no ID and appeared to be quite feral while at the vet clinic. Maddie was a spayed female with a microchip, but her owner didn't reclaim her. Given his perceived feral nature, arrangements were made to return Leo to the apartment complex where he would continue to receive support as an outdoor cat. Sweet Maddie stayed in foster care and it seemed like the pair would go their separate ways ... but fate had something better in store!

The compassionate, cat-loving couple who fed Leo when he was living outside had started to win his trust, so they offered Leo the chance to be a pet cat indoors rather than be returned outdoors. Once in their care, it quickly became evident that Leo was a very sweet boy who absolutely loves to be with people. He also immediately made friends with the resident cats. 

With Leo settled and happy as an indoor cat, his new guardians decided they wanted to reunite him with his best friend Maddie. RCR volunteers were thrilled to have the opportunity to reunite the duo and a few days later the pair were together again as if they'd never been apart.

We are so thankful for everyone who looked out for Maddie and Leo while they were living on the streets. We're so grateful that after all they've been through, these two cats have found a forever home together! Leo and Maddie are two deserving kitties who achieved their fairy tale ending!

Happily ever after!

Happily ever after!

-Alanna, Regina Cat Rescue